DES MOINES, Iowa – Belmont Assistant Track and Field Coach Joe Frye placed 15th in the hammer throw at the USA Outdoor Championships on Friday at Drake University.
Frye, who coaches the Bruins' throwers, unleashed a throw of 67.27 meters (220 feet, 8 inches) on his first attempt at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. He also had throws of 65.87 and 66.29 meters while competing for the Music City Mavericks club team.
Former Olympian Rudy Winkler of Rutgers University claimed the national title at 73.76 meters.
Friday marked Frye's fourth trip to the USA Championships, all coming after the conclusion of his collegiate career at Belmont. Frye won three Atlantic Sun Conference championships in the hammer as a member of the Bruins track and field team from 2007-11.
The Roscommon, Mich., native placed 13th at last year's USA Championships but did so with a shorter throw of 63.95 meters.
Frye was joined by Belmont men's track team member Caleb Corprew at the USA Championships. The senior hurdler finished 24th on Thursday in the 400-meter hurdles to cap his stellar collegiate career.